Each week, Dom from @movienerdreviews will be recapping the latest Star Wars series, Andor, now streaming on Disney+.
Years ago, Doug Walker aka the Nostalgia Critic described his relationship with the Jurassic Park films as abusive. What he meant is that every single time he tried to stop watching the franchise, they would introduce something new and awesome to reel him back in, before overloading him with primarily bad products again. I raise this comparison because I think it’s the most accurate description of how I feel about Star Wars right now.
After Disney’s financially successful but critically divisive turn with the films, they dove right into Disney+ with the debut of “The Mandalorian,” and while that show has been pretty much a resounding success, with both seasons nominated for Primetime Emmy awards, they followed them up this year with the next couple of Star Wars live action properties in the form of “The Book of Boba Fett” and “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” Book of Boba was largely critically panned, while Obi Wan drew more mixed criticism.
And now, here we are with the third live action Star Wars property this year, “Andor,” which follows the life of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) one of the rebels whom we met that was responsible for stealing the Death Star plans in 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars story.” Upon watching the first episode, something immediately feels different, in the best way possible. It doesn’t feel like Star Wars, which I know is going to be heresy for many of the die-hard Star Wars fans, but for myself, it could not be more of a welcome relief. The Mandalorian western schtick worked for a time, but after a while myself (and I feel a lot of others) got very tired of spending time in the same setting episode after episode, show after show, not to mention the fun and cutesy tone. “Andor” however is only concerned with its character, and series creator and Rogue One savior Tony Gilroy proves that he knows what he’s doing by replicating Rogue One’s grimy, on the ground feeling, bringing Star Wars back to where it’s always been its best: with the little people.
A criticism of Rogue One is that we didn’t get to spend enough time with the characters in the film before they were necessarily killed off, but little did we know that it would turn out to be the perfect springboard for a character that, while still not much is known, is already proving to be 1000 times more interesting and compelling than the previous two legacy characters we got shows with. For the first time since the Bad Batch, Disney+ has got me really excited for something new in Star Wars, and I cannot wait to see where this show goes.